Bachelor Arie, Pregnancy is No Joke! Why you shouldn’t use a Pregnancy as an April Fools’ Prank
If you’re reading this, then you are more than likely battling infertility. If you aren’t and still reading then hopefully this will provide some insight into what someone around you may currently be dealing with that you may not even know about! Infertility affects 1 in 8 people, making it significantly more common than what many people think. And, for those 1 in 8, a public joke based on a pregnancy announcement is not funny. I’m talking to you, Bachelor Arie, Pregnancy is no joke! These 1 in 8 women is the exact reason you shouldn’t use a pregnancy announcement as a joke.
Now, I do think it’s different when you want to play a little joke on your husband. The difference is that you know if infertility or miscarriage is something that will be upsetting to him. You understand exactly who you are surrounded by when you play a prank in the privacy of your own home. When you are posting it publicly like on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (like Arie did), it’s a different story. You have no idea who is following you that may be struggling with infertility or miscarriage. For these people, pregnancy announcements are hard.
I have no expectation that people shouldn’t share their good news. Despite the pain it can cause those around you, pregnancy announcements are just something that people need to announce. A fake announcement is different. It’s only a brief laugh you may get while causing someone a day of tears. The pay off is very different than with a real pregnancy announcement. Is it really worth it? Is it worth risking a chance that maybe someone you know is struggling with infertility and your prank could actually be hurtful?
In my experience, people typically don’t try to hurt others with a little April Fools’ prank. So I’m here to tell you that a pregnancy announcement prank can hurt. I plead with you to find another prank to pull.
While I definitely wouldn’t recommend anyone pulling this April Fools’ prank, I especially wouldn’t recommend a public figure of any kind pulling this prank. Arie is already in a TON of hot water from dumping his fiancée so that he could return to the runner-up. Someone that is already hated by many should be overly cautious of everything they do and say, especially online. Arie has a long long way to go to win over America and this prank made it even harder for him.
Outside of winning over America, does he not have any respect for Bekah, the woman he recently proposed to and broke up with shortly after? Imagine the pain she must be going through. Imagine the pain when she hears her ex is expecting. Imagine her pain when she hears the rumors that the “fantasy room” pregnancy is why he left her. If he has no desire to win over the hearts of America, then that is one thing. But I cannot stand behind a man that demonstrates no respect for someone he was with so recently.
When he shared his apology, it at least let me know he knew he had made a mistake. However, I don’t think he has apologized to everyone he needs to. Bekah deserves an apology just as much, if not more, than the rest of America.
What are all of your thoughts in this April Fools’ Prank? How do you deal with them? Does it even bother you? I’d love to hear all of your thoughts on the subject!